Alert for Photographers: Package Theft Soars to Record Levels

As the holiday season approaches, the Better Business Bureau has issued a warning to photographers, revealing that package theft is currently “at an all-time high.” This troubling trend is a cause for concern, especially as we anticipate an increase in package deliveries during this busy holiday season.

One Milwaukee resident, Latisha Franklin, experienced this issue firsthand when her doorbell camera captured a brazen thief in action on November 7th. In the footage, a woman approached Franklin’s front door, nonchalantly placed an empty McDonald’s box, and made off with a recently delivered package. Franklin’s response was one of disbelief, stating, “I think I came home maybe 15 minutes later and realized the package was gone. For things like that, I didn’t think I would need to review my camera footage within a month of living here.”

Unfortunately, Franklin is not alone in facing such a situation. Many photographers and residents have fallen victim to package theft, sometimes mere minutes after a delivery. According to Lisa Schiller from the Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin, this is an issue that could worsen over time. She emphasizes the gravity of the situation, stating, “It’s at an all-time high. That’s a huge problem, very big concern. This is the month that we are going to have more package deliveries than ever, so it’s an opportune time for criminals.”

In light of these circumstances, it’s essential for photographers to take proactive measures to protect their valuable equipment and supplies. Schiller offers valuable advice to safeguard against package theft: “Don’t leave the packages unattended for long periods of time at least. If you have a neighbor, you could always ask them to bring the item in for you. Pick up the package later.”

For those who, like Franklin, are particularly concerned about the safety of their deliveries, they may consider having expensive items shipped to an alternate address, even if it may not be the most convenient option. Franklin reflects on the unfortunate reality, saying, “It is unfortunate now that we have an added need to check when our packages are coming.”

A study by Capitol One Shopping reveals the gravity of the situation, with 14% of Americans reporting a stolen package last year. As photographers, it’s crucial to be vigilant and proactive in protecting your valuable photography gear and supplies, especially during this high-risk season of increased package deliveries.


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